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Warning Shadows (1923)
"Schatten - Eine nächtliche Halluzination" (original title)

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During a dinner, given by a wealthy baron and his wive, attended by four of her suitors in a 19th century German manor, a shadow-player rescues the marriage by giving all the guests a ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Alexander Granach ...
Shadowplayer
Max Gülstorff ...
2. Kavalier
Lilli Herder ...
Dienstmaedchen
Fritz Kortner ...
The count
Karl Platen ...
2. Diener
Fritz Rasp ...
Diener
Eugen Rex ...
A servant
Ferdinand von Alten ...
3. Kavalier
Gustav von Wangenheim ...
Her lover
Ruth Weyher ...
His wife
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During a dinner, given by a wealthy baron and his wive, attended by four of her suitors in a 19th century German manor, a shadow-player rescues the marriage by giving all the guests a vision what might happen tonight if the baron stays jealous and the suitors do not reduce their advances towards his beautiful wife. Or was it a vision? Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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When the ShadowPlayer asks the servant (Fritz Rasp) to get the sheet for his shadow show, he pulls off the middle button on the left side of his vest. For the remainder of the movie, the button is back on. See more »

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More Than Meets the Eye
3 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I caught this at the Cinematheque a couple of times in Paris. It is a film with no intertitles (except at the beginning for identifying the characters) and, like "The Last Laugh", depends on the camera and editing to tell the story. The action in both films, then, would have to be slow as not to confuse the viewer. This is the lesser of the two but the Murnau film has long been an established masterwork. Frankly I don't know much about Art(h)ur Robison. He was an American working on German-looking films in Germany during the Expressionist phase.

This film does indeed feature shadows and the lighting is necessarily bright. What I particularly enjoyed was being pulled into the action of the shadows along with the guests. In this respect the film was quite brilliant. The acting is really quite good and despite the slow speed of action, the film has barely dated at all.

Curtis Stotlar


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